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Cove lighting set up and best color temp for a mix of Daylight and tungsten (2 replies and 2 comments)

Donnell Henry
1 month ago
Donnell Henry 1 month ago

Hi Mr Deakins, I’m new to the forum. I wanted to ask you a question about using your cove lighting setup and  Using the best color temp for mixed lighting.  

1. Is it better to use your cove lighting set up for a dark moody warehouse scene, in comparison to say for example your book light Setup?  I will be shooting mostly Close ups and Mid close ups. One wide shot only.

2. I’ll be using unbleached muslin to Bounce light back onto the actors.  There is a window bringing in daylight in the back of the actors that will be acting as a natural Rim light/backlight. What would you say would be the best color temperature to set the camera to in this situation to keep the skin tones looking as good as possible?

I’m currently running some small tests in my living room with my wife’s doll head. I feel like I’m close to getting the look i want but I’m still missing something.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I have no rule to pass on to you and it is difficult to suggest one method over another. What 'works' for one person may not 'work' for another. We have different sensibilities and we see things differently. You might use unbleached muslin to bounce light back into a face in a daylight situation but I might use a bleached muslin or a sheet of poly in a similar situation. I might use a cove or I might use a single flat sheet. Choice depends on subject, on story and on the space involved. Sorry, but giving definitive answers to questions that involve image making is not something I am comfortable with.

Donnell Henry
1 month ago

You’ve actually answered my question. Thank you. It is about the story. It is subjective. The rule i thought may have been for the scene I’m shooting, is to realize there really there isn’t a rule. Thank you again Mr Deakins.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

OK! No rules rules!

Donnell Henry
1 month ago

Indeed. 😉

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